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Obama to name new US ambassador to China

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  1. Mallaba

    Mallaba JF-Expert Member

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    US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke speaks during an event in Tianjin in this May 22, 2010 file photo. US President Barack Obama will nominate Locke as next ambassador to China, two US officials said on Monday.[Photo/Agencies]
    WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as next US ambassador to China, two administration officials said on Monday.

    Locke would replace the current ambassador, Jon Huntsman, who is stepping down on April 30 and is considering a run for president in which he'd join a field of Republicans vying to challenge Obama in the 2012 election.
    An official announcement on Locke is expected on Tuesday.
    Locke, whose appointment would need confirmation by the US Senate, became the first Chinese-American Commerce Secretary when he joined the Obama administration in 2009.Both his father and grandfather were born in China.
    Locke, who made a number of trips to China while he was governor of Washington, has remained active on that front as Commerce secretary.
    Last year, he led a group of nearly two dozen companies executives on a mission to explore opportunities in China's fast-growing clean energy sector. He has warned that the United States risks being left behind as China plows billions of dollars into solar, wind and other "green" technologies.
    In an interview with The Associated Press that took place before his nomination was reported, Locke praised the economic relationship he has helped to build between the United States and China. He said US exports to China had posted a 34 percent increase last year. Obama sees boosting US exports as a way to save and create jobs and has set a goal of doubling the amount of American goods sold to other countries within five years.
    Huntsman, a former Republican governor of Utah, raised eyebrows in the White House when he sent signals several weeks ago he was considering entering the 2012 presidential race.
    He is expected to make a decision on whether he will run for president when he returns from China at the end of April.
     
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    Gary looks Chinese!!! Is he?:usa2:
     
  3. Yegomasika

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    Family and education
    Locke was born on January 21, 1950 in Seattle, Washington. A third-generation American with paternal ancestry from Taishan, Guangdong in China, Locke is the second of five children of James and Julie Locke from Hong Kong, which at that time was a dependent territory of the United Kingdom. His parents gave him the Chinese name of 駱家輝 (pronounced Lok Gaa-Fai in Cantonese). He did not learn to speak English until he was five years old. [2]
    He graduated with honors from Seattle's Franklin High School in 1968. Locke achieved Eagle Scout and received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.[2][3]
    Through a combination of part-time jobs, financial aid and scholarships, Locke attended Yale University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1972.[4] He later received his Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law in 1975.
    On October 15, 1994, Locke married Mona Lee, a former television reporter for the NBC affiliate KING 5 television in Seattle. Her father was from Shanghai, China and her mother from Hubei, China. Mona Lee's father is the stepson of Sun Ke, the eldest son of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, China's revolution pioneer who overthrew China's last imperial dynasty in 1911.[5] The Lockes have three children: Emily Nicole, born in March 1997, Dylan James, born in March 1999 and Madeline Lee, born in November 2004.[6]
     
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    Thanks Mkuu. I got it
     
  5. Mallaba

    Mallaba JF-Expert Member

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    yeah He is Chinese-American中美国人 ila jamaa yuko juu sana maana alikuwa governor of Washington kabla ya kupewa huo uwaziri.
     
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